Recently in the Cumberland area, eight people were injured in a wreck involving a tractor-trailer. It all started on Friday, May 24, at approximately 11:30 a.m., when Maryland State Police were called to the scene of a motorcycle accident near mile marker 25 on Interstate 68. While investigating this crash, a tractor-trailer was unable to stop for traffic and sideswiped two cars, then hit the back end of an SUV. The force of the impact caused a chain reaction collision involving two other vehicles. As is common with trucking accidents, the injuries suffered by the victims required immediate medical treatment.
According to reports, a driver of a Harley Davidson hit a guardrail and was ejected from his vehicle. While traffic was stopped for this crash, a tractor-trailer coming up on the scene experienced an unknown mechanical problem causing it to hit three vehicles which then impacted other stopped cars. A total of eight people -- four adults and fours children -- who were occupants of two of the vehicles suffered injuries and were transported to various hospitals for care. The current conditions of the victims are unknown.
The driver of the truck and the occupants of three other vehicles were uninjured in the wreck. Authorities worked the scene for roughly six hours to clear the mess and investigate the crash. At this time, it is unclear if any charges are pending against the truck driver.
Trucking companies are held to a high standard when it comes to making sure that their vehicles are fit to be on the road in an effort to prevent trucking accidents. If it is determined that this incident resulted from some sort of negligence on part of the driver or his employer, one or both may be held accountable for the victims' losses. The victims of this event may be entitled to pursue personal injury claims in a Maryland civil court in an effort to seek maximum relief for any damages sustained.